[talk-ph] Wanting to learn and contribute

Mark Cupitt markcupitt at gmail.com
Sun Feb 12 23:39:49 GMT 2012

Hi Miles, i live in Dumaguete. There is another mapping initiative called
roadguide.ph i originally found osm when checking this mapping group out.
They have extensive data on most of the philippines and the way they got
started was basically a bunch of people with gps units mounted to
moterbikes who just rode eveywhere.

Unfortunately, they only provide their data in the newer garmin compressed
format which knocks out all the older gps units around.

It would be great if the data was able to be shared, but unfortunateky, i
do not think this will happen.

The quickest and easiest way to get tracks is to miunt a gps unit on a
moterbike, grab a packed lunch and go ride. When looking at a gps unit,
look for one that has significant track memory for a days driving. You will
also need to note street names, etc and points of interest.

Have a look on the osm site,  i cannot remembe exactly where, there is a
list of software that is free that does all this, and may be a better
option for you

On Feb 13, 2012 7:30 AM, "Eugene Alvin Villar" <seav80 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Miles,
> I hope that all of your family, friends, and neighbors are safe in
> Guihulngan.
> As for mapping, as you've said, there is no satellite imagery in your
> city from which we can trace roads and other features in OSM. (The
> EO-1 imagery discussed in December has a low resolution.) So the best
> bet to increase the map data is via the traditional OSM way of
> gathering GPS tracks. Since you are currently in Bahrain, obviously
> that is not possible at the moment.
> What you can do is to practice gathering GPS data and editing the data
> in Bahrain itself. I think you can buy a simple GPS logger in Bahrain
> then learn how to use the equipment there. Then you can try out how to
> use the GPS tracks to edit stuff in Bahrain.
> Thus, when you return home to Negros, you can then use your experience
> to map Guihulngan.
> Maybe you can also talk to Noel. He's the only person I know on this
> mailing list who lives closest to Guihulngan, in San Carlos City.
> Hope this helps. And maybe other people can provide other solutions. :)
> Eugene
> On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 1:06 AM, miles <amenabe at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> > I've been lurking quietly on this list for quite a time now and I enjoy
> > reading your posts every now and then. Although, I am not a consumer of
> > OpenStreetMaps, I do appreciate the contributions you shared.
> >
> > I live in Guihulngan--- just recently hit by the 6.9 magnitude quake. I
> > previously recognized that there is not much of mapping data in our area
> and
> > this is one of the reasons why I joined the list, but the lack of
> knowledge
> > and equipment kept me to just lurk hoping that in the long run I can
> learn
> > something from your conversations.
> >
> > The recent tragedy compelled me to act. Had there been a map, it would be
> > easier to pinpoint locations.
> >
> > In this regard, I want to ask guidance from the list on how to start and
> > contribute to mapping (Philippine setting). I am currently in Bahrain
> where
> > my job is and I have no prior experience in mapping but I know my
> interest
> > will take me there. I know a few programming languages and understand
> > servers and clients and (sort of) comfortable with Freebsd and Linux in
> > addition to Windows and the concept of "opensource" community-driven
> > projects.
> >
> > My goal is to learn as much as I can while here (abroad), buy
> > not-so-expensive-but-rigid-enough equipment that I can take home during
> my
> > vacation (hopefully in August this year) and that I can use to spark
> > interest and share the knowledge and fun with others.
> >
> > I appreciate your help. Thanks!
> >
> >
> > Best regards,
> >
> > Miles
> > What have you done to clean (up) this dirty world?
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